Simple Definition of appoint
: to choose (someone) to have a particular job : to give (someone) a position or duty
: to decide or establish (something) in an official way
: to decide (the time or place at which something will happen or be done)
Full Definition of appoint
1 a : to fix or set officially <appoint a trial date> b : to name officially <will appoint her director of the program> c archaic : arrange d : to determine the disposition of (an estate) to someone by virtue of a power of appointment
2 : to provide with complete and usually appropriate or elegant furnishings or equipment <a beautifully appointed room>
: to exercise a power of appointment
Examples of appoint in a sentence
She was appointed professor of chemistry at the university.
After his parents died, the boy's uncle was appointed as his guardian.
Every year, the group appoints three new members.
a committee appointed by Congress
the company's newly appointed assistant director
Origin of appoint
Middle English, from Anglo-French appointer, from a- (from Latin ad-) + point point
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of appoint
Rhymes with appoint
adjoint, anoint, aroint, ballpoint, bluepoint, blue point, break point, butt joint, checkpoint, choke point, clip joint, conjoint, dew point, disjoint, drypoint, end point, fixed-point, flash point, game point, grade point, gunpoint, High Point, hinge joint, hip joint, ice point, juke joint, knifepoint, lap joint, match point, midpoint, near point, nonpoint, outpoint, pen point, pinpoint, pourpoint, price point, seal point, set point, standpoint, strongpoint, tuck-point, viewpoint, waypoint
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Definition of appoint for Students
1 : to choose for some duty, job, or office <The school board appointed three new teachers.>
2 : to decide on usually from a position of authority <The teacher appointed a time for our meeting.>
Legal Definition of appoint
1 : to name officially to a position <appointed to the agency's top post> <appointed conservator of the estate>
2 : to determine the distribution of (property) by exercising the authority granted by a power of appointment <a general power to appoint the corpus of a trust — W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.>
: to exercise a power of appointment — see also power of appointment
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